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Walking Shadows
Orson Welles, William Randolph Hearst, and Citizen Kane
John Evangelist Walsh

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Ray and Pat Browne Book

"A sensitive treatment of a high-octane subject that has occupied the thinking of academics and Hollywood alike since the introduction of the movie Citizen Kane."—Ray Browne, series editor

Walking Shadows dissects the wild, high-profile battle between newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst and brash young filmmaker Orson Welles over Welles's film Citizen Kane. In 1940–1941 it became the center of public controversy and scandal. The picture portrayed the ruthless career of an all-powerful magnate bearing (not accidentally) a striking resemblance to Hearst, who immediately tried to kill the film. John Evangelist Walsh illuminates the conflict between these two outsize personalities and brings Hearst's vengeful anti-Kane campaign to the fore. He provides thorough documentation, supplemental notes, and an extended bibliography.

John Evangelist Walsh is the author of more than twenty books, including The Execution of Major Andre; Moonlight: Abraham Lincoln and the Almanac Trial and Midnight Dreary: The Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe. He lives in Monroe, Wisconsin.

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Cover of the Walsh is an illustrative montage of the photos of Welles and Hearst.

LC: 20040055370 PN
320 pp.    5 x 8 1/2
20 b/w photos

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